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Reasons to believe in
the Non-existence of Unicorns and Yetis

    
Many descriptions of the characteristics and traits of unicorns and yetis are curiously similar to those of known animals. Such descriptions do not lend credibility to the existence of these creatures. Unicorns and yetis exist in myths, legends and folk tales and some have long traditions that date back more than two thousand years. However, until today, there is no scientific evidence that proves that such creatures exist. For example, the photographs that were published together with Robert Vavra's journal about his expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya were not - and could not be taken as - scientific proof of the existence of unicorns. The same goes for the photograph taken by Sir Edmund Hillary. It was highly questionable whether the wide footprint in the picture was that of a yeti's. Other purported "pieces of  evidence" were not credible as well. Firstly, the so-called "scalp of the Yeti" was actually the red hair of a goat. Secondly, the severed hand that was supposed to originate from a primate, believed to be of a yeti's, conveniently disappeared. Thirdly, rumours of large mummified bodies of yetis turned out to be fakes. In truth, the sightings of some apes or creatures by Nepalese sherpas from Tibet in the past could likely have evolved, or transformed, into traditional stories. Such stories would be prone to distortions and exaggerations as they are passed down through the generations. This can be illustrated by the encounter between Reinhold Messner, a world renowned mountaineer, with a creature that was possibly a Tibetan bear. The creature that he met was referred to by villagers in a settlement as "chemo", the Tibetan name for yeti.

 
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